PopSLITE is a project on Indiegogo.com that collects crowd funds in order to design a second eInk screen cover for your iPhone. According to the fact that eInk displays need much less energy that traditional LCD type screens, this cover is a cool idea for consuming ebooks and reading material. eInk screen also offer perfect contrast in direct sunlight without the glean effect. Since the popSLATE screen is ultra-low-power, it is always on. This opens up a bunch of new application possibilities, such as urgent notifications, sports scores, maps, notes, calendar, talking points—you name it—will now be available at a glance.
I especially love the idea of constantly showing a street map on the back of your phone.
This little artificial bug is one of two different models that was published recently by i-Robot. These toys try to simulate the movement of real bugs and beatles. The two creatures come along in combination with an iPhone app that enables the remote control by using your own smartphone. The battery lasts for around 20min operation times. Look at the video below to see these creature in action:
ShopKeepPOS is the answer to many small and medium sized shops and restaurants worldwide that previously bought expensive Point Of Sales software bundles along with dedicated touchscreen hardware. These Point Of Sales systems, also called cashier systems are quite expensive and driven by a shops need to track inventory, sales and to report these figures to the tax authorities. This may sound quite simple but its quite tricky in detail due to the fact that every country has different tax models and that these tax models distinguish between different groups of items, such as beverages, alcohol and so on.
ShopKeepPOS solves this by introducing a cloud based solution that uses your iPad as Point Of Sales terminal, which is a quite good idea considering the fact that it offers one of the best multitouch screens, EAN and QR barcode scanner and recently external credit card readers.
The cloud back end system assures backup and analytic sales reports as well as business intelligence queries, even for the smallest shops worldwide. So in this case a cloud solution, combined with consumer electronics mobile devices, such as an iPad made the work a lot easier for small and medium sized shops and restaurants!
The Withings Blood Pressure monitor is one of the first products that measures and monitors your blood pressure over time, by using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as sensor data hub. The blood pressure iPhone app gives you a good tracking overview by additionally showing you recommended values and recorded tracking charts. The pressure arm sensor with it’s fancy design goes along well with your iPhone smartphone. Within the next years we will definitely see an increase in body health sensors that are bound to your smartphone, to give you a constant overview on your health or training state.
Over the last month we heard a lot about a new cool technology that allows your smartphone (iPhones and co) to easily accept all major credit cards. Even Wired published an entire article on Square within their actual issue. In fact, Square is a stylish card reader that can be plugged into the audio jack of a smartphone. Through that square reader and accompanied app it is possible to simply pay by using your credit card.
Square was co-founded by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. Dorsey also serves as CEO, Keith Rabois as COO. Square offers its reader for free and takes a little fee for each transaction you perform on your device.
In the last days Starbucks jumped onto the Square hype.
Starbucks will accelerate mobile payments leadership by choosing Square for pyyments.
Groundbreaking Partnership to Stimulate Small Business Growth and Enhance Payment Experience for Millions of Customers
SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO, – August 8, 2012 – Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX), with its leading mobile payment platform, and Square, the company revolutionizing everyday transactions between buyers and sellers, announced a broad innovative partnership to bring the best possible payment experience to both sides of the Starbucks counter.
RedPark just announced a new version of their iOS cable and it’s available right now in the Maker Shed! This revised cable allows you to hook your iDevice up to an Arduino with no soldering or jailbreaking required. The new cable works just as the RS-232 terminated version except RedPark has make a few internal changes so that it communicates over TTL serial (the same serial protocol used by an Arduino.) Eliminating the need for a TTL adapter means it’s never been easier to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to an external microcontroller for enhanced sensing and communication!
The new RedPark TTL cable is available by itself or in a handy breakout pack that includes our deluxe jumper wires and Mintronics: Survival Pack Guts (no tin.) This way you have everything you need to hook the cable up to an Arduino and have plenty of components to experiment with. Just add an Arduino, a copy of Alasdair Allen’s “iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino,” and you’ll be up and running in no time! Also, we’ll have them in stock at Maker Faire!
Does not require soldering!
Enables development of iOS apps for private use in homes, schools and offices
Connects iOS devices to microcontrollers and sensors!
Designed for use with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (fourth generation), iPad 2 and iPad.
Used in conjunction with the Redpark Serial Cable SDK and sample code. Together these tools enable you to write iOS apps that communicate with serial devices.